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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Who fired the first gun at Sumter? (search)
assed into an historical fact. It is this: That Edmund Ruffin, of Virginia, did not fire the first gun at Forthe batteries in harbor were firing on Sumter. Mr. Edmund Ruffin (who was much beloved and respected) was at th, I desire to give the facts as to the part that Edmund Ruffin, of Virginia, took in the firing on Fort Sumter.ablish the fact that the first shot was fired by Edmund Ruffin, and it will be observed that the signal shot whove that the one from the iron battery, fired by Edmund Ruffin, was actually the first gun on Fort Sumter, I wi Cincinnatus was not more patriotic than that of Edmund Ruffin, and side by side in the niche of fame will theian that the first gun on Fort Sumter was shot by Edmund Ruffin, and that such should be recorded as an historicought to the notice of any of the descendants of Edmund Ruffin. To all who knew Edmund Ruffin it would have beEdmund Ruffin it would have been useless to say more than that throughout his manuscript he speaks of it as a fact. To those to whom he was